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Stratford, William Samuel, 1791-1853 (naval officer and astronomer)



  • Existence: 1791 - 1853


William Samuel Stratford (1791-1853) was born on 31 May 1791. He entered the navy in 1806, and was engaged in naval business in the North Sea, 1809-1815. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1815, but was not engaged offshore after that year. Thereafter, Stratford studied astronomy, and became Secretary of the Astronomical Society on its foundation in 1820. He was appointed Superintendent of the Nautical almanac in 1831, and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1832. He died on 29 March 1853.

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Notebooks and notes of miscellaneous official and private papers of Stratford, 1827-1838

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4238
Scope and Contents Contents: I. Draft regulations for the London Chemical Society, with draft minutes of a meeting of the society, 22 March 1827, inserted loose; II. English translation of P. Caturegli, Ephemerides Motuum Caelestium, 1829-1832 (Bologna, 1828), app. pp. III-XVI; III-V. Memoranda of accounts, 1832-1833 (see below); VI. Engagement book, October-December 1837; VII. Occultations and eclipses of Jupiter's satellites for 1838; VIII. Mean time of transit of the same for 1838; IX. 'Independent...
Dates: 1827-1838

Notebooks, with some additional loose sheets, containing calculations made at the Nautical Almanac Office by various assistants under Stratford's supervision, relating to Halley's Comet, 1835-1836, 1827-1838

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4236-4237
Scope and Contents

Includes a final proof of Ephemeris of Halley's Comet 1835-6 (Nautical Almanac Office, 30 December 1835), in which the first results of these calculations were published.

Dates: 1827-1838

William Samuel Stratford: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4236-4238
Dates: 1827-1838

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